Kerry Teases Iran
he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.—Matthew 26:48
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On February 8, 2013, Associated Press provided a few quotations from Kerry related to possible direct negotiations between the USA and Iran on the nuclear program of the latter. "We are prepared to let diplomacy be the victor in this confrontation over their nuclear program, the President has made it clear that he is prepared to talk about a peaceful nuclear program," Kerry said and added, "Iran has a choice: they have to prove to the world that it is peaceful, and we are prepared to sit responsibly and negotiate how they can do that and how we can all be satisfied." The only dark cloud in his positive statement was, "The President has made it clear that his preference is to have a diplomatic solution, but if he cannot get there, he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to make certain that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon." "We are the good guys," Joe said and run to the nearest Starbucks, unaware that every word in the statements was read in a different fashion by the other side. Lost in translation, the world went to war.
When Kerry was Kohn
"Afuch al afuch" is Hebrew for "inverse-on-inverse;" it depicts a situation in which one says a thing in order to point in a false direction; however, in contrast to a typical diversion, it points at the real issue. Imagine you want to drink chocolate with your kid, but you know there is no chance that he will agree. "Let's not drink chocolate today," you say casually next to him. "But, we always do, I love chocolate," he begs. Hebrew and Arabic speakers will factor in this option while analyzing a text; Westerners probably won't. I don't know yet for sure. Haaretz did a similar thing after it was announced in December that Kerry will be the next Secretary of State.
The newspaper—closely related to the Shin Beth secret police—published an article titled "When Kerry was Kohn: the Jewish roots of John Kerry." The subtitle was "The new nominee for Secretary of State only found out about his Jewish grandfather while running in the 2004 presidential election." After all this drama, the main point presented was "His paternal grandfather Frederick A. Kerry, was born Fritz Kohn in a town in what today is the Czech Republic before changing his name ahead of his immigration to the United States a century ago." The bottom line of the article attempted to be light, "I called up Kathy's parents and said 'I'm Jewish,' and they said, 'Yeah we know' and I said, 'No, I'm really Jewish.'" Our abovementioned Joe Starbucks would probably say "funny," and sip his pumpkin-flavored latte. Israelis reading that will understand this as "we must help him, he is a 'sayan+'" Any Middle Eastern intelligence office will assume the same, even if Kelly is as pure as Snow White. Israel marked him as a collaborator of its intelligence apparatus and forced him into its camp.
Iran's answer was clear; Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a speech that there would be no talks while the USA is "pointing a gun at Iran." Reinforcing America's Orwellian attitude of recent years, Iran was portrayed again as the threatening side by the Western media. "In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it," George Orwell, 1984.
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